- The real (and “pretend”) computers at the library
- The toddler pool
- Fresh Huckleberry smoothies at the farmers’ market
Good to know
Although Montana’s dry summer heat is manageable, pack hats and plenty of sunscreen.
Head to Bozeman between June and September, when Bogert Farmers’ Market is on every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Recommended time of the year
August is the best month as there are loads of family-friendly festivals and events, like Sweet Pea Festival, SLAM and Bite of Bozeman.
About This Day
Passing through Bozeman with kids? This city in the Big Sky state in summer has so many activities for young families. Predictable blue skies and a very walkable downtown make for an enjoyable day out in Montana. The fantastic children's area at the library gives mum and dad an opportunity to relax while the nuggets read and play. Moreover, the close proximity of the swimming pool, farmers market and playground means navigating these kids activities in Bozeman is simple and carefree. For this itinerary, start off at Nova Café for Bozeman's best breakfast. Walk off the delightful meal meandering around Main Street and its shops. Next, head to the Bozeman Library and let the little ones peruse books, toys and all the fun on display. Then, a short walk off of Main Street brings you to Bogert Park, where it's time for a splash in the Montanan summer heat. Lastly, the Bogert Farmers' Market has food options galore and will put a smile on everyone's face.
This family-friendly restaurant is known for serving Bozeman’s best breakfast till 2 p.m. It also has a decent kid’s menu for the nuggets. It’s located in the heart of downtown, so once you’re done eating, enjoy the next step on this Bozeman with kids itinerary.
DIRECTIONS Nova Café is located in the heart of downtown Bozeman on East Main Street near the intersection of South Rouse Avenue. There is street parking available.
TIP Grab some of Nova Café’s yummy homemade, gluten-free baked goods for the road.
After a great breakfast at Nova Café, take a stroll along Main Street. Perhaps to burn off some calories or to grab some more treats. There are a plethora of great shops on Main Street. Don’t miss out on Heydey for quirky gifts, Great Rocky Mountain Toy Company and The Chocolate Moose for sweet treats.
A unique experience for all ages to enjoy. Housed in a beautiful LEED-certified building, it has a wonderful children's area. The kids can peruse a wide collection of books, magazines, computers, toys and crafts. There is also a soft-play area for babies. The staff is great, wonderfully friendly and accommodating of the kids, and even happy to help entertain!
DIRECTIONS The library is a 15-min walk from Nova Café or a short drive. It has ample parking.
TIP There’s also a sculpture park and lawn outside the library for a stroll. Check out the website for any events.
The pool is located in the Bogert Park complex. It features a toddler and adult pool, two small slides and tons of floaties, balls and life vests available to borrow. Bogert Pool is a fantastic place for the family to spend a couple of hours in the afternoon sun. Parents can take turns to swim laps whilst the nuggets splash around. Plus, there are lots of deck chairs and benches poolside to set up a base camp for the visit.
DIRECTIONS The park and pool are just a short, 8-min walk from the library. Head west on Main Street, turn left on South Church Street and carry on till you hit the pool. There is also parking available.
TIP The pools are open during the summer months only, check the website for dates. Bring drinks and snacks as there isn’t much available on-site.
The Bogert Farmers' Markets boasts dozens of food vendors selling everything from fresh cherries and kettle corn to soba noodles and BBQ steak sandwiches. There are also clothing brands, jewelers and myriad other artisans selling their wares. Right next door there are tons of activities for kids in the playground area and live music on the grass.
DIRECTIONS It’s a mere 30-second walk from the pool to the pavilion and adjoining playground, where the farmers market is held.
TIP The Farmers’ Market runs from June to September every Tuesday from 5 p.m to 8 p.m., check the website for updated details. There are plenty of picnic tables and you can also set up a picnic on the lawn.